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Deciphering the Libertarian Party’s Position on Abortion: Key Points Unpacked

Deciphering the Libertarian Party’s Position on Abortion: Key Points Unpacked

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Summary – Deciphering the Libertarian Party’s Position on Abortion: Key Points Unpacked

On this episode of Dare to Think, host Kerry Baldwin delves into the complex history of the Libertarian Party’s stance on abortion rights. In her exploration, Kerry highlights key shifts in the party’s platform over the decades, shedding light on the diverse perspectives within the Libertarian Party.

As she navigates through the party’s evolving positions on abortion, Kerry addresses the recent removal of the abortion plank from the platform, which has sparked debates among delegates who hold varying views on abortion.

With a focus on the nuances of the party’s stance and the implications for both pro choice and pro life libertarians, this episode offers an in-depth analysis of a contentious issue within the Libertarian Party.

Join Kerry as she discusses the ongoing philosophical debate and its potential impact on the future of Libertarianism.

Main Points of Discussion

00:00 Introduction and history of the abortion plank
06:44 Historical LP stance on abortion shows division.
09:47 Delegate supports removing abortion plank.
11:02 Dallas Accord: Libertarian Party for all libertarians.
14:30 Silence on abortion: Threat to women’s rights?
18:43 Authoritarian policies infringe on reproductive rights.
23:02 Libertarian platform silent on abortion for consistency.
24:58 Podcast promoting critical thinking and membership benefits.

Are Libertarians pro-choice? On the 50th anniversary of the Libertarian Party (LP), the platform now stands silent on abortion. This is no insignificant change. It doesn’t mean the party is now officially pro-life. It also doesn’t mean the party has abandoned its principles with regard to the rights of women. To understand what this means, and what it doesn’t mean, and implications for the future of libertarian thought and practice, two things must be understood. First, the LP Platform is not libertarian philosophy, but is no less expected to accurately reflect libertarian philosophy. Second, the historical evolution of the platform on abortion and children’s rights demonstrates the lack of consistent philosophical outworking with regard to these issues.

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Kerry Baldwin
B.A. Philosophy, Arizona State University. My writing focuses on libertarian philosophy and reformed theology and aimed at the educated layperson. I am a confessionally Reformed Christian orthodox Presbyterian in the tradition of J. Gresham Machen (1881 – 1937)

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